According to a family friend, a Canadian man is being held in Turkey following accusations that he was connected to the failed military coup in the country on July 15th.
Malik Muradov says his friend Davud Hanci and his family went to Turkey to visit his father on July 7th.
Hanci, a Calgary native, works as an imam for Correctional Service Canada and Alberta correctional services.
Muradov stated that Hanci’s wife called her family in Canada as they were being detained and have not been heard from since.
He added that he saw Hanci’s name in Turkish media in connection with the coup attempt.
The reports claimed Hanci is from Pennsylvania and was working for U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally and critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
However, Muradov claims Hanci is a dual citizen of Canada and Turkey.
A Global Affairs Canada spokeswoman stated that the department is aware of a Canadian dual-citizen detained in Turkey and that Canadian consular officials are prepared to offer assistance.
On Saturday, Turkey announced that it had seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that allegedly pose a threat to national security.
(With files from Global News Staff and The Associated Press)